The Fossil Fuel Business Model Is Built On Harming Black and Brown People, New Report Says

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The Fossil Fuel Business Model Is Built On Harming Black and Brown People, New Report Says

File photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty ImagesThe vast amounts of atmosphere-altering gases produced by the fossil fuel industry wouldn’t be possible without policies that allowed its toxic facilities to be built next to Black, brown, and Indigenous communities, a new report has found. For facilities that manufacture petrochemicals, 66 percent of the local pollution is borne by Black, brown, and Indigenous peoples, says the report “Fossil Fuel Racism” by Greenpeace and the Movement for Black Lives. It might also include the 138,000 asthma attacks per year Black children experience from breathing in ozone from natural gas emissions, the NAACP has calculated. “Fossil fuel pollution is a public health crisis for Black people and fossil fuel emissions are a death sentence for the planet,” Colette Pichon Battle, a leadership team member with the Movement for Black Lives and founder of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, said in a statement. “President Biden can fulfill his promises to confront systemic racism, tackle the climate crisis and Build Back Better by initiating a fossil fuel phase-out,” the report argues.

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